Dr Carol YL CHEUNG
The Ocular Imaging Team of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences operates at Hong Kong Eye Hospital, the teaching eye hospital of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The key areas of our research focus on retinal nerve fiber, optic disc and retinal ganglion cells imaging. We also integrate with other subspecialties to employ new imaging technologies to study corneal and retinal diseases in both clinical and experimental settings. Fellows of the CUHK-HKEH-PWH International Ophthalmology Fellowship Programme will actively participate in all clinical services and various research projects. During the Fellowship, each Fellow should complete at least one research project as principle investigator.
- Optic disc and nerve fiber layer imaging
Measurement of optic disc parameters and retinal nerve fiber layer thickness is important for detecting and following glaucoma. High speed, high resolution imaging of the retina and optic disc is now possible with the availability of new imaging technologies including spectral domain optical coherence tomography, scanning laser polarimetry and confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. The research team in CUHK is developing new algorithms to detect and analyze progressive damage of the optic nerve head and nerve fiber layer in glaucoma.
- Retinal ganglion cells imaging and neuroprotection
In collaboration with Prof. Robert Weinreb at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center of UCSD, an animal model was developed to visualize individual retinal neurons in vivo. This model provides a non-invasive approach for longitudinal study of the mechanism of retinal ganglion cell degeneration and the effect of neuroprotective agents.
- Anterior segment imaging
Angle closure glaucoma is a major cause of blindness in Asia. In collaboration with Prof. Robert Ritch at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, the investigators are investigating the morphology of the anterior chamber angle and other biometric risk factors in relation to angle closure glaucoma.
- Clinical application of ocular imaging technologies